U16 Boys LC Hill Cup
Saturday 9th November vs Greater Manchester (National Cup Round 1)
A great team display from the U16 boys saw us run out 5-1 winners vs Greater Manchester in the ESFA National Cup.
Deservedly 2-0 up at half time, our opponents came out stronger for the second half and managed to pull a goal back. The boys then dug deep and began to dominate possession again, creating more chances and were extremely clinical. Both Dan Weaver (John Henry Newman) and Oliver Keil (Queens) made important saves throughout the game, whilst Kwadwo Bugyei-Kyei (Nobel), Herbie Townsend (Monks Walk) and Brave Omondi (Priory) were too hot to handle in attack. A classy team display with important contributions off the bench too. Onto the next round vs Suffolk.
Goals: Brave Omondi x 5
Man of the Match: Brave Omondi
Saturday 5th October v St Albans Boys (H) friendly
Thanks to St. Albans Boys U18 for stepping in at short notice to fulfil our last pre season friendly. Herts made a quick start with two goals from two well worked corner kick routines, courtesy of an OG and fine header from Ben Delicata (Reach Free). The game tightened up but after some patient possession and nice combinations, Herts found a third goal through a fine finish from Lorenzo Johnson (St. George’s) before half time. We secured a fourth through Herbie Townsend (Monks Walk) in the second half before St. Albans got one back from the penalty spot.
Man of the Match: Huw Dawson (Verulam)
Saturday 5th October v Kent (A) friendly
We made the long journey to Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury with a squad of 19 for our annual friendly vs Kent SFA, who are notoriously always a strong opponent. This often makes for competitive and exciting games between us, and Saturday's fixture was no exception. Herts had a particularly dominant first half, with the combination of our physicality and high tempo passing proving too much to handle, and after a wonder strike from captain Kwadwo Bugyei-Kyei (Nobel) we grabbed a second goal courtesy of Herbie Townsend (Monks Walk) who finished coolly from a loose deflected shot.
After a host of changes by both sides at half time, the second half was a bit tighter and saw Kent get a foothold back in the game with two smartly taken goals. This in turn prompted a reaction from the Herts team who snatched a late winner on the counter attack, with a smart and composed finished from Josh Francis (Queens). A fine days work and a valuable experience against a quality opposition, for a Herts team getting better with every game. Thank you to Kent who are always excellent hosts and best of luck for the season ahead.
Man of the Match: Herbie Townsend
Saturday 21st September v Dorset (H) friendly
A good day's work for the U16 boys, who hosted Dorset SFA at Woollams for the second game of our back to back friendly fixtures. After an initially tight first half, our dominance in possession eventually tired the opposition in testing conditions. Despite the heat and very dry pitch, the quality of passing football remained high for 90 minutes and our clinical attacking play resulted in six excellent and well worked team goals. Man of the match went to Brave Omondi (Priory). Goals from Huw Dawson (Verulam), Dom Burger (Hemel Hempstead), Josh Francis (Queens), Brave Omondi (Priory), Lorenzo Johnson (St. Georges) and Cain Keller (Marlborough).
Saturday 13th July v Dorset (A) friendly
We made the 250 mile journey to and from Gillingham Town FC for our first game of the 2019/20 season.
21 of the 23 players in our newly selected squad travelled and played in a testing game. The physicality and high level of technical play from both teams made for an excellent, well contested game. After 60 minutes or so, our quality in forward areas began to show and we were able to secure four goals before the final whistle, with some well taken finishes from Josh Francis (Queens), Brave Omondi (x2) (Priory) and Kwadwo Bugyei-Kyei (Nobel). Our overall style of play was the most pleasing factor, with the boys putting into practice some of the passing patterns worked on in training, stringing together passages of play that sometimes exceeded 30 passes as we dominated possession.
A good start and a great atmosphere with players & parents
at the team meal on the way home.
Man of the Match - Josh Francis.